Trauma after a fall
One of the most common causes of frozen shoulder is trauma following a serious fall—and falls are perhaps the most common type of injury-inducing accident to occur in the workplace. A fall can occur on slippery ice, on a slick floor, or even when there is simply a small object on the floor in a high traffic area. A fall can lead to frozen shoulder if, for example, you put your arm out to brace your fall as you are falling.
Recovery from another injury
Falls are not the only type of injury that can cause frozen shoulder. Workers might also develop frozen shoulder if they recently underwent shoulder surgery or suffered an arm fracture and as a result, had to keep the arm immobilized for an extended period of time.
Another common cause of frozen shoulder is simply overuse of the shoulder joint. This can easily happen in the workplace when work involves a great deal of physical movement—particularly heavy lifting and repetitive overhead work. Occupations in industries such as construction or warehouse work are especially susceptible to seeing this type of overuse injury. You do not, however, need to have an especially physically demanding job to be susceptible to developing a frozen shoulder. Workers at the busy Calais seaport in France, for example, were recently awarded compensation after developing what they called “Calais' shoulder,” after repeatedly leaning out of their booths to check visitor passports.
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